Jobs down 6% since start of virus crisis

Jobs have decreased 6.0 per cent since the start of the coronavirus crisis began, with younger people suffering the worst losses, new figures show.

Employment for Australians under 20 dropped 9.9 per cent between March 14 and April 4, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported on Tuesday, based on payroll data from the Australian Taxation Office.

Tasmania and Victoria had the largest decreases in jobs, down by 7.3 and 6.8 per cent, ABS head of labour statistics Bjorn Jarvis said.

“The accommodation and food services industry saw the largest reduction in jobs (decreasing by 25.6 per cent), followed by the arts and recreation services industry (decreasing by 18.7 per cent).”

Total wages paid by businesses are down 6.7 per cent, the ABS said.

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